IESA WINWire – May 12 – 18 2012
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Researchers create superefficient 'inexact' chip
Source: EE Times India, May 18 2012

A group of researchers have showcased what they claim as a super-efficient "inexact" computer chip that "challenges the industry's 50-year pursuit of accuracy."

Rise In April Semicon Funding: GSA
Source: EFY Times, May 17 2012

In April 2012, venture investment dollars received by semiconductor companies (i.e., fabless companies, integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) and semiconductor suppliers) was $194.2 million; a 901 per cent increase month-over-month (MoM) and a 461.3 per cent increase year-over-year (YoY).

Qualcomm shines in chip sales ranking
Source: EE Times India, May 17 2012

Intel Corp. retained its top position in the IC Insight's sales ranking. According to IC Insights' soon-to-be-released May update of its McClean Report, Intel commanded the lead by registering 68 per cent higher sales level than second-ranked Samsung in 1Q12, compared to the 48 per cent margin for all of 2011.

Semtech's new RF transmitter cuts system cost, extends battery life
Source: Tech Online India, May 17 2012

Semtech Corporation, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, has expanded its RFIC platform with the new SX1243, a fully integrated, low cost FSK / OOK radio transmitter designed to replace a surface acoustic wave (SAW)-based resonator transmitters in garage door openers, remote keyless entry (RKE) and other consumer remote control systems.

Qualcomm Announces Leadership Change in Japan
Source: CIOL, May 17 2012

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the appointment of Clifford Ficke as vice president and president of Qualcomm Japan. Ficke will oversee Qualcomm's operations in Japan and will report to Jing Wang, executive vice president and president of Global Business Operations.

Qualcomm Ventures Announces the QPrize Venture Investment Competition in India - Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Source: Manorama Online, May 17 2012

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the third edition of its venture investment competition in India to identify the industry’s most promising early-stage technology companies. The Qualcomm Ventures QPrize™ competition was first launched in 2009 to promote innovation in the technology industry and is managed by Qualcomm’s venture investment arm, Qualcomm Ventures.

Smarter street lighting in Asia
Source: Project Monitor, May 16 2012

New design solutions for street lighting represent an opportunity for cities to better ensure essential services and realise large savings while working towards increasingly ambitious municipal Co2 emission reduction targets, says Mathieu Lefevre, Executive Director, New Cities Foundation. The NCF highlights existing initiatives in China and Bangladesh, which are enhancing the community and the city coffers.

Electronics market to reach Rs 20 lakh crore by 2020
Source: EE Times India, May 16 2012

Almost one third of the mobile subscribers added by operators worldwide will come from India in three years time, according to a news report in the Hindu Business Line that cited a paper released by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) as its source.

Smartphones, tablet drive mobile memory chip market
Source: EE Times India, May 16 2012

Smartphones and tablets will drive the mobile memory semiconductor space in the next few years, with revenue growing a modest but healthy 6 per cent this year, according to market research firm IHS.

LTE to make Voice and Data Services Cheaper
Source: Sify, May 15 2012

India is expected to witness a huge business opportunities with the optical fibre network getting completed by the Government of India. While speaking at the inauguration of 3rd LTE India 2012 International Conference at New Delhi, Shri J.K. Roy, Member Technology, Ministry of Communications & IT said, “For an effective utilisation of the possibilities which can be offered by LTE (Long Term Evolution), back haul is one of the most important components.

Samsung GALAXY S III powered by NXP's NFC chips
Source: EE Herald, May 15 2012

NXP Semiconductors has announced that its PN65 mobile transactions solution to power the Samsung GALAXY S III that brings a new concept of human centric mobile experience. The highly anticipated Samsung GALAXY S III is the successor of the Samsung GALAXY S II.

Apple to unveil Intel-powered MacBooks
Source: Times of India, May 15 2012

Apple is preparing a new lineup of thinner MacBook laptops running on more powerful chips made by Intel, people with knowledge of the plans said.

An electricity generator powered by viruses!
Source: EE Times India, May 15 2012

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a method to generate power using harmless viruses that convert mechanical energy into electricity.

Simmtronics Introduces New Range of LED Monitors Globally
Source: NCN, May 14 2012

Simmtronics Semiconductors Ltd a technology innovative company is set to show off some new products of their 2012 line – by introducing new series of LED Monitors in market globally. Company has launched a comprehensive suite of 5 LED monitors, designed to meet the visual display needs of today’s discerning consumers.

TI Gives $2.2 Mn To Re-energize Introductory Electronics Courses
Source: EFY Times, May 14 2012

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today announced a $2.2 million gift to support engineering education at the University of California, Berkeley. The university will use the gift to transform its traditional introductory Electronic Design Lab into a dynamic learning environment for undergraduate students.

NXP Opens New R&D Centre In Singapore
Source: EFY Times, May 14 2012

NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced the opening of its R&D Centre in Singapore. The new facility will initially focus on select research areas including Advanced Applications, Mixed-Signal Design and Process Technology, with a long-term plan to explore opportunities of extending the scope to become an NXP-wide R&D centre.

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